Georgian govt creates a website for South African Boers

In Fall, 2010 Georgian government announced that it was planning to invite South African Boers to move their businesses to Georgia.

There are approximately 40,000 Boers, mainly of Dutch decent living in South Africa who fear that the local government will oppress them by implementing new agricultural policies. Georgia, on the other hand, has huge agricultural resources that need to be used. Georgian government thinks that it would be a great opportunity if Boers would move to Caucasus and bring their knowledge of modern farming.

Papuna Davitaia, Georgia’s State Minister for Diaspora, represents Georgian side in negotiations. Here’s what he has told to The Independent in November, 2010

“We are looking for investors in our agricultural sphere, because Georgia historically always used to be an agricultural country but in Soviet times we lost these traditions.”

Tbilisi’s invitation was followed by a visit of Boers. In November, 2010 15-member delegation visited Georgia. They were fascinated by the fertility of Georgian land, by it’s progress and ease of doing business.

Here are some video stories prepared by ABN Digital

In the end of January, 2011, Georgian government created a website called South African Farmers in Georgia. It gives an opportunity to SA farmers to fill in an application for Georgian citizenship in online mode. Applicant should download a 6-page long word document and answer 36 questions like “Do you plan to move assets to Georgia?”, “Your/your farms yearly turnover is”, “Are you planning to start entrepreneurial activities in Georgia” and etc. The website also features background information about Georgia, including it’s climate, taxes and security. Maps of Georgia are also available and all interested can send their questions to the project manager Juba Maruashvili. The website also gives an opportunity to get in touch with Bennie Van Zyl, who is one of the first South African farmers who have moved to Georgia.

According to the Voice of America’s Georgian service, Georgian government has offered 80,000 hectares of land to SA Farmers. [GE] A group of Boers arrived in Georgia on January 24, 2011 to hold meetings with government and discuss further plans. In February two more visits are planned.

Several South African publications wrote that hundreds of farmers are interested in relocating and buying land in Georgia.


  1. I am the Ambassador of the Royal Georgian Legion SPA -”Knights of the Messiah’s Sword” in South Africa.
    To understand the South African Farmer(or Boers as you might call them in their own language of ”Afrikaans”, although some are also English speaking, called plain farmers, one has to go back to their early history to the time of Hugeneot and Waldesian religious persecution, where especially the Waldesians prefer living solitude cultivating the land in the open and fresh air, not worrying too much about the goings on in the rest of the world, and tied to their religious Calvinistic Protestant Christian beliefs.The Afrikaans speaking farmers are no different from the French Hugeneots or Waldesians, who share a common religious belief, and have always been friendly neighbours to each other. This is still the practice of their descendants in South Africa inherited from their forefathers. Many other farmers are descended from the Dutch and a large majority of the Afrikaans speaking population are from German descent, and are equally good a farmer as any others in this country. All or mostly all, except for your English speaking farmer, who mainly are all competent in the Afrikaans language as well(derived from Dutch and Flemish)
    and also good farmers.The Portugese farmers in South Africa are equally competent, and speak English as well as Afrikaans, especially those who are born here. They have basically still to be seen countrywide in South Africa, in every town and city running grocery stores, and in modern times ”Supermarkets” and Restuarants, providing customers with satisfactory service for generations. There are about 500,000 Portugese people living in South Africa to-day, the largest amount living outside of Portugal, who are mainly from Madeira and Oporto. They too have been practising these occupations for generations, and some of the modern generation have gone into more qualified and specialised professions. Maria Ramos is a very good example of this,as well others involved in the building industry.(See ”Google” – Portugese in South Africa).
    South African farmers continue to-day with their succes especially in neighbouring northern independent states of South Africa, as well as other parts of the African Continent.

  2. Hi, my name is Hans, I am a German living in Georgia for 15 years almost (married to my Georgian wife) My family name is ‘Buhr’ that is a form of Bur, de Boer, Bauer, but I am from Germany, and we do not have relatives as as I know in South Africa, but I find it great to meet other, real, Boers in he future here in Georgia 😉

    Best regards, Hans Heiner Buhr

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